Dublin’s Dylan Hotel is opening for Christmas for the first time this year, and plans to roll out the red carpet to guests. From a mulled wine reception, to a candle-lit Christmas movie fest on their heated balcony, this is luxury living right in Dublin’s city centre. Executive head chef Mark Bodie has created the Christmas feast, while Dylan’s sommelier will be on hand to recommend the appropriate wines, ports and digestives.
To book: Packages start at €249 per night; call 01 660 3000 or log onto www.dylan.ie
Castlemartyr Resort promises a magical festive retreat this year. Guests will be presented with mince pies and a Christmas drink on check-in, and there will be Champagne brunch and festive feast on Christmas day. If you find formality a bit much, the hotel will be laying on relaxed supper buffets for those who need to graze after a day of feasting. The estate offers a plethora of opportunities to explore, whether it’s on a traditional horse and carriage or with the estate’s resident dogs.
To book: A two-night Christmas package with meals, entertainment and, of course, the visit from Santa starts from €710 per night. Call 021 421 9000 or www.castlemartyrresort.ie
A warm welcome and home comforts are the order of the day at Sheen Falls Lodge. On arrival, enjoy a welcome drink in the hotel reception as you soak up the soothing aromas of pine and cinnamon, overlooking the snow-capped Kerry mountains.
Wake up to a champagne breakfast on Christmas morning, followed by a Christmas Day feast. And if you plan on staying for St Stephen’s Day, indulge in a delicious canapé and drinks reception that afternoon, followed by dinner in The Falls Restaurant and evening entertainment.
To book: Two-night package December 24th and 25th, from €840 per adult sharing. Two-night package : December 25th and 26th, from €985 per adult sharing.Three-night package December 25th, 25th & 26th, from €1,335 per adult sharing.
Christmas at Dunboyne Castle & Spa in Meath includes meals, live music, a Champagne breakfast served till noon on Christmas day, a five-course Christmas dinner followed by live entertainment and an evening buffet.
Guests will have access to the thermal suite in Seoid spa during their stay and can avail of special rates for some treatments, like a gold body scrub and full body massage with shimmering body oil for only €99 per person.
To book: Two-night Christmas packages at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa start from €390 per person sharing or €150 per child, with 3-night packages from €495 per person sharing or €225 per child. Call 01 801 3500; log onto www.dunboynecastlehotel.com
Synonymous with Christmas, staying at The Shelbourne during the festive season is a treat. They are offering a full-on family experience this year, with a Christmas morning visit from Santa and a stocking full of surprises left outside the door of each child’s room.
The Festive Fun Club will keep kids entertained with games consoles, movies and lots of treats while mum and dad enjoy a drink at the Horseshoe Bar.
To book: A one-night Christmas stay at The Shelbourne with breakfast and a five-course Christmas dinner starts at €325 per person sharing. Call: 01 663 4500; log onto www.theshelbourne.ie
Revel in five star luxury at The Park Hotel Kenmare this Christmas, where guests will enjoy a host of meals overlooking Kenmare bay. Christmas Eve hosts a fireside dinner while Christmas day begins with activities like horse trekking before settling down to a champagne reception and festive feast.
John Moriarty is hosting a Stephen’s Day hike on the Kerry Way followed by a traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea. Stephen’s Day wraps up with a celebratory dinner and dancing in the Drawing Room.
To book: A three-night Christmas Escape at the Park Inn, Kenmare, starts from €1,395 per person sharing. Call 064 664 1402; log onto www.parkkenmare.com
Arrive to a roaring fire and enjoy the views before settling down to a meal at Catalina restaurant. Try golf on the world-renowned course or indulge in a treatment at the Thai spa.
To book: Lough Erne has a one night St Stephen’s Night special which includes one night’s dinner in Catalina restaurant and bed and breakfast for €163 per person sharing. Call 048 6632 3230 or www.lougherneresort.com